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April 15, 2007 deadline for Peace Studies in Austria

INVITATION TO STUDY PEACE AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION at the European University Center for Peace Studies (EPU), Stadtschlaining, Austria

We wish to invite you to join a select group of 44 students from around the world in an intensive course in peace and conflict studies at the European University Center for Peace Studies (EPU) in Stadtschlaining, Austria. All the courses are taught in English, by leading specialists in their field from around the world, including Johan Galtung, one of the founders of the academic discipline of peace research and frequent mediator in international conflicts. Imagine you could study psychology with Sigmund Freud, or economics with Adam Smith!

The EPU program is designed to provide students with the intellectual skills to analyze conflicts and their underlying causes, with practical skills in conflict transformation and peacebuilding, and with the motivation to do everything in their capacity to help create a better world. We seek to enable andmotivate our students to help build a more peaceful, equitable andjust global society, in harmony with nature. The Program was founded in 1988 by its current President, Dr. Gerald Mader. It has so far educated about 1000 students from more than 90 different countries in peace studies and conflict transformation. In 1995 it received the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education.

In addition to attending courses, students get to know each other closely and conclude friendships for a lifetime. Currently we have 44 students from 32 countries, half from Africa, Asia and Latin America. Many former students said that studying at EPU was the
best time of their life. Students who have successfully completed our program are well grounded in both theory and practice to face the challenges of global conflict  transformation. We are happy that many of our former students have successful careers in international organizations, NGOs, businesses, universities, or work with their governments.

-EPU has a comprehensive program that covers ALL aspects of peace.
-EPU combines theory with practical experience. Our professors work on practical applications in the field as well as on theory.
-Different from most other universities, which have their fixed faculty, EPU has the flexibility to invite the best teachers from around the world from a wide variety of disciplines. We have 51 faculty members from 29 countries, from all 6 continents!
-You live in a close community with people from all over the world.
-EPU offers one of the oldest and best known peace studies programs.

TOPICS INCLUDE: Introduction to Peace Studies, Peaceful Conflict Transformation, Mediation, Peacebuilding, Demilitarization, Nonviolence, Security, United Nations Reform, the Global Economy, Development, Human Rights, Governance and Participation, Peace and Gender, International Law, Safeguarding a Livable Environment, Cross-Cultural Communication, Peace Education, Peace and the Media, Reconciliation after Violence, Peace and Deep Culture. In addition, there are several academic excursions. For a course
calendar and catalogue with course descriptions, see www.epu.ac.at

Fall term 2007: 30. Sept. – 22. December (Apply by 15 Apr. 2007)
Spring term 2008: 3. February – 26. April (Apply by 15 Sep. 2007)
Summer term 2008: 1. June – 23. August (Apply by 15 Jan. 2008)

LOCATION: Stadtschlaining is a beautiful, small and quiet medieval town with a 13th century castle hosting a peace museum, in the foothills of the Alps, between Vienna and Graz, surrounded by hiking trails. Austria’s best known spa with hot springs is nearby.
Classrooms and 44 single rooms with bath are in a new building.

PEACE LIBRARY: next to the castle is a famous peace library with 25,000 books, journals and many films, mostly in English.

WHO SHOULD APPLY: Students from any discipline interested in peace and conflict resolution, young diplomats, government officials, NGO members, teachers, journalists, lawyers, social workers, officers, psychologists, and anyone interested in solving conflicts by peaceful means. A first university degree (bachelors or equivalent) is required, and preferably some professional experience.

DEGREES: Those who successfully complete one trimester obtain a Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies. Those who complete three trimesters (Fall, Spring and Summer) and write a thesis obtain a Master of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies, approved by
the Austrian Ministry of Education. Students can begin in any of the three trimesters. The three trimesters need not be taken in succession, they can be spread over several years if preferred.

COSTS: Euro 2500 tuition + Euro 1400 room rent per trimester, plus a one-time Euro 700 fee for two thesis advisers for the Master of Arts program, or 12’400 Euro for the entire MA program. We regret that we have no full scholarships left for this year, but a few partial scholarships are available. Please indicate on the application form if you wish to apply for a scholarship.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO APPLY: see www.epu.ac.at, and click on
“European University Center for Peace Studies”, second on the left.
If you have further questions, please contact Anita Flasch, EPU Administrative Assistant <epu@epu.ac.at>, Tel +43-3355-2498-515 (mornings) or me (fischer@epu.ac.at, Tel+43-3355-20726 anytime). We will be happy to answer your questions and help you.

EPU does not discriminate on the basis of (among others) gender,race, class, age or national origin.

With best regards, Dietrich Fischer, Academic Director, EPU

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